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49ers vs. Lions: Niners Stun Lions For 25-19 Victory, Third Road Win Of Season

The San Francisco 49ers are 5-1 for the first time since 1998 after stunning the previously undefeated Detroit Lions at Ford Field for the 25-19 victory.

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NFC West Standings: 49ers Keep On Truckin'

Coming into the season, Vegas listed the San Francisco 49ers and St. Louis Rams as co-favorites to represent the NFC West in the playoffs. Now the 49ers are 5-1, and well ahead in the division. Their week six win over the Detroit Lions had to be a huge confidence booster, and going into the bye week, they've got plenty of time to reflect on their current position in the NFC West.

Their current position, as noted, is atop the division with a 5-1 record. Week six saw the Rams lose for the fifth time this year, and since they've already had their bye week, they're 0-5 with no relief in sight. Well, they did trade for Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, but their problems go much, much deeper than lack of receiving options. Their week six loss to the Green Bay Packers was expected, however, so it's not as though they "underperformed" on Sunday.

The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals both had bye weeks and got to sit back and watch the NFL action on Sunday. The Seahawks are in second place in the West, with a 2-3 record and have looked good at times. The Cardinals are third with a 1-4 record and hoping for better play out of starting quarterback Kevin Kolb.

For the 49ers, the loss sustained by the Rams is almost inconsequential at this point. The Cardinals and Seahawks remain within the range of coming back to win the division, but the former has to play San Francisco twice, and the latter has already lost to them once. It's not a forgone conclusion that the 49ers will win the division, but they have to feel great, or even elated, at their position.


49ers vs. Lions, NFL Scores: Late Delanie Walker TD Seals 25-19 Niners Win

In a game chalked full of punts, penalties, and referee reviews the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions battled it out all afternoon at Ford Field. Detroit was out to stay undefeated, while San Francisco wanted their third road victory of the year and validation that they are for real. And in a defensive showdown in Motown, it was the 49ers who would eventually triumph, taking out the undefeated Lions by the score of 25-19.

San Francisco turned the ball over on their first offensive play of the game as Kyle Vanden Bosch stripped the ball right out of the hand of Alex Smith from behind, setting the Lions up nicely in the red zone that lead to a field goal. Brandon Pettigrew caught a short touchdown pass from Matt Stafford to make it 10-0 early, and it was looking like it might be a long afternoon. 

Luckily Frank Gore sparked the Niners in the second quarter with a one yard touchdown, bringing the score to 10-7, though the war of attrition between the two defenses was just getting started.  Some punts were exchanged, then rookie Aldon Smith added on to Gore's touchdown with a safety on Matt Stafford to make the score 10-9. Then of course, a couple more punts.     

The Lions added a Jason Hanson field goal early in the third quarter to retake the lead 13-12, though the Niners were knocking on the door after Frank Gore opened up a 55 yard run including a 15 yard horse collar penalty on top of it. Unfortunately Delanie Walker couldn't hold on to Alex Smith's pass, leading to another David Akers field goal to make it 15-13.     

Matt Stafford started the fourth quarter out with a 5 yard TD pass to Nate Burleson, but couldn't get the 2-point conversion to make it a 19-15 Detroit lead. But with less than two minutes to go Delanie Walker caught a 6 yard, 4th down touchdown pass from Alex Smith to take the 22-19 lead. David Akers would add an extra field goal late, sealing the fate of the Lions, relinquishing their 0 to the 49ers. 

In a game that had 17 total punts and about 600 total yards of offense between the two, the Niners red zone defense was unbelievable, keeping the potent Detroit offense at bay most of the afternoon; and Mega Tron Calvin Johnson out of the end zone. The Niners recorded five sacks compared to the two of the storied Lions defense, though they tied the league high this year with 15 penalties for 120 yards. 

The last west coast team to have three wins in the east was the 1996 Niners, who move to 5-1 for the first time since 1998. I think it's safe to say they're back. 

Full box score can be found here

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49ers vs. Lions, Score Update: Niners Lead 15-13 After Three

It's looking like it might go down to the wire at Ford Field this afternoon as the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions find themselves in a defensive lockdown at the end of the third quarter, with the Niners leading 15-13 heading into the fourth quarter. 

The Lions added a Jason Hanson field goal early in the third quarter to retake the lead 13-12, though the Niners were knocking on the door after Frank Gore opened up a 55 yard run including a 15 yard horse collar penalty on top of it. Unfortunately Delanie Walker couldn't hold on to Alex Smith's pass, leading to another David Akers field goal to make it 15-13. 

Both teams had some decent drives end in punts, then Alex Smith overthrew Michael Crabtree over the middle for an interception to Amari Spievey, only his second INT of the season. So far Alex Smith is 13 for 25 and 101 yards , Michael Crabtree is 6 catches for 59 yards,  while Frank Gore has 122 yards  on only 8 carries and a touchdown.  

The Niners red zone D has proven why they are the best in the business right now, keeping the Lions to only one touchdown so far, hopefully they can keep it up. 


49ers vs. Lions, Halftime Score: Late Field Goal Gives Niners 12-10 Lead

It's been a bit of a chippy, hard nosed football game so far at Ford Field between the Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers, with two of the best defenses in the league proving why they have lost just one game combined thus far. 

Frank Gore started the second quarter off with a one yard touchdown run for the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field, bringing the score to 10-7, though it was the Niners and Detroit Lions defenses making most of the noise, leading to a war of attrition between the two of them and a lot of punts in the quarter. Rookie Aldon Smith added on to Gore's touchdown took Matt Stafford out in the end zone to bring the 49ers to within one of the Lions at 10-9 with about 8 minutes left in the first half, then of course, a couple more punts. 

Lions kicker Jason Hanson missed a field goal from 52 yards with about a minute left in the half, giving the Niners a good shot at getting a late field goal. After a couple of nice throws from Alex Smith, David Akers punched a 55 yard shot through the uprights as time expired to take the lead into the locker room.

Alex Smith was 11/15 for 77 yards, staying within himself and not trying to do too much. Michael Crabtree had a very nice first half with five catches for 32 yards, while Frank Gore has 5 carries for 66 yards. The Niners have been shooting themselves in the foot with penalties however, committing 11 of them for 99 yards in the first half alone, something Coach Harbaugh will have to try to fix at halftime. 

Stay tuned folks, it's going to be a great second half. 


49ers vs. Lions, In-Game Update: Penalties Killing Niners, Lions Lead 10-0

The noise level inside of Ford Field have already been playing into the hands of the Detroit Lions. High decibal levels and amount of penalties are keeping the San Francisco 49ers struggling early on offense in this pivotal NFC matchup. 

The Niners were looking After a nice four-and-out put up the the 49ers defense, San Francisco turned the ball over on their first offensive play of the game as Kyle Vanden Bosch stripped the ball right out of the hand of Alex Smith from behind, setting the Lions up nicely in the red zone and lead to a field goal. From there the 49ers wouldn't get a first down for three straight offensive possessions, and it was starting to look gloomy already.  

The 49ers had four penalties in the first five mintes of the game, two on either side of the ball, and kept it up for the majority of the quarter. A Carlos Rogers pass interference call on Nate Burleson set Detroit up in the red zone for the second time, leading to a Brandon Pettigrew touchdown pass. Jim Harbaugh even got himself a penalty, throwing a challenge flag on the extra point attempt leading to a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the ensuing kickoff. They finished the first with seven penalties for 69 yards. 

The ground-and-pound came alive a bit towards the end of the quarter, as Frank Gore had a 47 yard run while racking up 62 yards, leaving the Niners on the goal line at the end of the first quarter. 


49ers vs. Lions Injury Report: Braylon Edwards, Tony Scheffler Big Names Not Playing

The San Francisco 49ers are set for the biggest game on the NFL docket this weekend as they take on the undefeated Detroit Lions on in MoTown. The Niners will be relatively healthy for this game, with only a few players held as inactive this Sunday. 

Backup quarterback Scott Tolzien is listed as inactive once again, as is cornerback Tramaine Brock with a hand injury and fullback Moran Norris with a fibula injury. Wide receiver Braylon Edwards will be sidelined still with his knee issue, guards Mike Person and Daniel Kilgore won't be suiting up, and neither with defensive tackle Ian Williams

As for Detroit, safety Erik Coleman will be out with an ankle issue, while Vincent Fuller's elbow will keep him from suiting up. Two of the most important injuries though come from linebacker Justin Durant and tight end Tony Scheffler are both out due to concussions they suffered in last week's meeting with the Bears


49ers vs. Lions: Game Time, TV Schedule, Radio Streaming And More

The San Francisco 49ers are on the road and will take on the undefeated Detroit Lions today. Both squads have played very well so far and will look to make a statement.

Following is some more information (including TV and radio scheduling) about Sunday's 49ers-Lions game:

Kickoff: 10:00 AM PDT/1:00 PM EST

TV: FOX. Commentators: Kenny Albert (Play-by-Play), Daryl Johnston (Color Analyst), Tony Siragusa (Sideline Reporter).

Radio: The Bone 107.7 FM- KNBR 680/1050 AM. Commentators: Ted Robinson (Play-by-Play), Eric Davis (Color Analyst), Rob Davis (Sideline Reporter).

Betting Line: The 49ers are currently six-point underdogs.

Online Coverage: Stay on top of 49ers coverage with SB Nation at Niners Nation. Hop on over to Pride of Detroit to get your fix on the Lions as well.

The game will start at 10:00 AM on the West Coast. The 49ers are 4-1, giving them their best start in nine seasons, and the team will look to knock off the 5-0 Lions on the road to continue their successful season.


49ers vs. Lions: Ndamukong Suh Thinks Detroit Defense Can Control 49ers Run Game

The 4-1 San Francisco 49ers will travel to the 5-0 Detroit Lions this weekend in one of the weekend's most anticipated games. The 49ers will look to run behind the strength of running back Frank Gore in order to set up scoring opportunities away from home, a strategy that has served the 49ers well so far this season. Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh hopes to take that away from San Francisco and thinks that Detroit's defense will be able to hold down the 49ers run game, according to Mike Sando.

Here are Suh's specific words with regards to the 49ers offense: "They don't take very many risks and that's something that I think is good for us when we shut down what they want to do, which is their run game, and force them into long-yardage situations."

Shutting down the 49ers rushing attack- or containing it, in Suh's case- is a good game plan against the 49ers. Whether Detroit will be able to do that or not, though, is another story.

The Lions are giving up 114.8 rushing yards per game, placing them 18th in the NFL against the run. The 49ers, meanwhile, have averaged an impressive 6.25 yards per carry in their last two games against the Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

San Francisco is running the ball extremely well and the Lions will try to take that away come Sunday. Whether Gore and the 49ers can keep the chains moving will go a long way in determining the winner of Sunday's contest.


49ers vs. Lions: Early Kickoffs Have Not Bothered Team Under Jim Harbaugh

Early kickoffs for west coast teams have typically been a recipe for disaster in recent years and the San Francisco 49ers are no exception. That trend has changed under Jim Harbaugh, though, and the team will look to continue their winning ways Sunday morning in Detroit.

ESPN's NFC West blogger Mike Sando has the details:

For years, San Francisco 49ers president Jed York has lobbied against 10 a.m. PT kickoffs for West Coast teams playing in the Eastern time zone.

All he needed was a new coaching staff led by Jim Harbaugh, apparently. 

The 49ers are 2-0 in non-division games kicking off at 10 a.m. PT this season, up from 3-25 (.107) over the previous six seasons.

The San Francisco defense will need to be awake bright and early if they hope to contain the Lions. Matthew Stafford and Calvin Johnson have been an unstoppable combination thus far in 2011 (just as the Dallas Cowboys) and the team has thrived on the fast turf inside the Ford Field dome. One wrong read or missed tackle can result in a fast touchdown for Detroit. The defensive players have to be at the top of their games if they hope to win.

Kickoff is set for 10:05 PDT on Sunday. The game will be televised nationally on FOX.

For more on the 49ers, Niners Nation is the place to check out.


49ers Vs Lions Injury Report: Braylon Edwards, Tramaine Brock Out For San Francisco; Tony Scheffler Out For Detroit

Huge game for the 49ers this Sunday as they travel to Detroit's Ford Field and try to knock off the Lions, who with Green Bay are one of two remaining undefeated teams in the NFL this season. They're looking fairly good on the injury report and there aren't any major surprises, with the trio of Tramaine Brock, Braylon Edwards, and Moran Norris to miss another this week's game again. 

The Lions are without one of the better offensive players, TE Tony Scheffler, and that means Brandon Pettigrew will have to pick up the slack for the home team's offense. 

Here are the injury reports for each team:


OutCB Tramaine Brock (hand), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), RB Moran Norris (fibula)

ProbableLB Navorro Bowman (neck), WR Michael Crabtree (feet), WR Ted Ginn (finger), S Dashon Goldson (knee), G Mike Iupati (knee), G Adam Snyder (forearm), DT Isaac Sopoaga (infection), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe)


Out: LB Justin Durant (concussion), S Vincent Fuller (elbow) and TE Tony Scheffler (concussion)

Questionable: CB Aaron Berry (groin), WR Rashied Davis (foot), T Jason Fox (foot) and S Amari Spievey (hamstring).

Probable: DE Cliff Avril (elbow), S Louis Delmas (abdomen), LB Doug Hogue (hamstring), DE Lawrence Jackson (hamstring), LB DeAndre Levy (knee) and LB Stephen Tulloch (ankle)

For more in depth discussion and analysis of the San Francisco 49ers, mosey on over to Niners Nation to get in on the action! 


49ers vs. Lions Odds: Bet At Your Own Risk

I’d hate to have to be the guy that makes the lines for the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions game this week, because it’s a tough one to figure out. Both teams are coming into the game with a lot of confidence while Detroit has the home field advantage, but the Niners have already had solid road wins this season and just exploded for 48 points. So, who you got?

Over at the opening line had Detroit as a six point favorite, but most sites have dropped it to about 4 or 4.5 as of now. The over/under is around 46 for most of the sites as well, which makes me think the bookies are foreseeing a very tight matchup. For me this game is too close for comfort when it comes to putting my money on the line, but if I was going to make a pick I’d probably play the over/under.

Can Alex Smith and Matt Stafford keep up their terrific play? Who’s defense will reign supreme? Can San Francisco keep their road winning streak alive? Just how loud are those Detroit fans? These are questions that swirl in my head, convoluting the part of my brain that handles my gambling, and says keep the money in my pocket.


49ers vs. Lions Injury Report: Michael Crabtree Remains Limited In Practice

Two months ago, if someone were to say the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions would face off in week six as two of the best teams in the league, would you have believed them? I'm guessing just about everyone would reply with a resounding 'no'. 

That will be the case this weekend as the 49ers travel to Detroit to take on Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and the undefeated Lions. San Francisco has quite a few players battling injuries this week. Here is the full practice report from Thursday:


Out For Week Six:

CB Tramaine Brock (hand), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), RB Moran Norris (fibula)

Limited Participation in Practice:

WR Michael Crabtree (feet), S Dashon Goldson (knee), G Mike Iupati (knee), G Adam Snyder (forearm), DT Isaac Sopoaga (infection), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe)

Full Participation:

LB Navorro Bowman (neck), WR Ted Ginn (finger)


Did Not Participate in Practice:

S Erik Coleman (ankle), LB Justin Durant (concussion), S Vincent Fuller (elbow), TE Tony Scheffler (concussion)

Limited Participation:

DE Cliff Avril (elbow), CB Aaron Berry (groin), WR Rashied Davis (foot), S Louis Delmas (abdomen), T Jason Fox (foot), LB Doug Hogue (hamstring), DE Lawrence Jackson (hamstring), S Amari Spievey (hamstring)

Full Participation:

LB DeAndre Levy (knee), LB Stephen Tulloch (ankle)


With Josh Morgan out, look for Michael Crabtree and even Ted Ginn to be incorporated into the offense early and often. The 49ers do not want to get in a big deficit early against the Lions with their ability to score points in a hurry and strong play from Alex Smith and his receivers is a must if the team hopes to pull the road victory.


49ers vs. Lions Injury Report: Tony Scheffler Misses Practice Again, Likely Out This Sunday

The Detroit Lions have looked like one of the more dominant football teams in the league this far in the season, but likely will be without one of their key offensive players this Sunday as tight end Tony Scheffler is looking like he won't be suiting up against the San Francisco 49ers

Scheffler suffered a concussion after being hit by Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher during Monday's win over the Bears, causing him to miss practice for the second straight day on Thursday as he deals with the effects of the injury. This injury significantly affects Detroit's depth chart at the TE position, causing the team to pick up former 49er Joe Jon Finley to help out Brandon Pettigrew this Sunday. 

Whatever advantage the Niners can get they'll surely take it, especially against an offense that's been so hot like Detroit's has. Look for Brandon Pettigrew to have himself a day this weekend.

Scheffler has just four catches for 63 yards and two touchdowns in five games played this season.


49ers vs. Lions Injury Report: Braylon Edwards And Two Others Out, Six 49ers Limited

The San Francisco 49ers are preparing for their big match-up against the Detroit Lions this weekend in the Motor City and hope to be as healthy as possible when they face the 5-0 upstarts. As of Wednesday's practice, the 49ers have three players out and six limited.

Cornerback Tramaine Brock (hand), wide receiver Braylon Edwards (knee) and running back Morran Norris (fibula) are out and won't play on Sunday. Guard Mike Lupati also did not practice on Wednesday but could see time this weekend.

Linebacker Navarro Bowman (neck), wide receiver Michael Crabtree (feet), safety Dashon Goldson (knee), guard Adam Snyder (forearm), defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga (infection) and cornerback Shawtae Spencer (toe) were limited on Wednesday.

Of those players, Crabtree and Sopoaga will most definitely play. Crabtree has played in recent weeks and was probably just taking some rest during practice. Sopoaga missed last week's game with a staph infection, but the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows had an interesting exchange with Sopoaga that seems to indicate that he will be on the field come Sunday.

On another bright note for the 49ers, wide receiver Ted Ginn did practice fully on Wednesday and should be ready or near ready to make his return against the Lions.

The Lions will be without five players on Sunday, namely cornerback Aaron Berry (groin), safety Erik Coleman (ankle), wide receiver Rashied Davis (foot), linebacker Justin Durant (concussion) and tight end Tony Scheffler (concussion). Detroit also had eight players limited on Wednesday.

The 49ers seem to be in fairly good shape injury-wise for Sunday's game. They will need to be both healthy and disciplined to hand Detroit its first loss of the season.


49ers vs. Lions Injury Update: Isaac Sopoaga Listed As Probable Starter

After missing last week's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a staph infection, San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga is listed as the probable starter on the team's depth chart this week against the Detroit Lions

Ricky Jean-Francois got his first NFL start in Sopoaga's place last week, filling in admirably in the Niners 48-3 beat down at Candlestick Park, but will likely be usurped by the eight year veteran Sopoaga out in Detroit this coming Sunday. The defense didn't struggle without him (obviously) but he presence on the field and in the locker room is key to keeping the continuity of the defense, as well as dealing with the Lions 

Sopoaga was spotted with a arm in a sling during the Bucs game last Sunday, likely to protect the infected area somewhere on his arm, though it is uncertain exactly where. So far in 2011 Sopoaga has six tackles (two solo) and no sacks


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49ers vs. Lions Odds: Detroit Opens As Favorite, But Line Is Moving

Upon the completion of week five, NFL oddsmakers began opening up lines for week six action and they initially installed the Detroit Lions as six point favorites against the San Francisco 49ers. Although Detroit's victory over the Bears on Monday Night Football wasn't pretty, they handled their business and improved to 5-0. They are playing solid football and deserve to be favorites in this Sunday's home game against the 49ers.

The line has had some change over the last 12 hours however, which indicates people either believe in the 49ers to win or at least think it will be a close ball game. My guess is people see a potential three point outcome and have brought the line down from six points to four and a half points.

This really is a tough game to wager on if you're an objective gambler. The 49ers are playing good football and coming off a dominating performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. You could bet on them to cover figuring it's two solid teams in what should be a tight matchup. On the other hand, Detroit is rolling and has the dramatic home field advantage. With a raucous Ford Field crowd on hand, the Lions explosive offense could jump all over the 49ers. As a 49ers fans, I simply choose not to bet on the game (minus a lunch with a Michigan friend of mine).


49ers vs. Lions NFL Schedule Preview: Protecting Alex Smith Is Key

The San Francisco 49ers are sitting atop the NFC West with a 4-1 record and are heading to Detroit to take on the 5-0 Lions. It's a wholly exciting game on paper, much more so than most of us would have figured just a couple months ago. For more on the game and the team in general, go to Niners Nation, SB Nation's San Francisco 49ers blogs.

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